Coordinator, Community Engagement (Part Time) (Multiple Positions)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Coordinator, Community Engagement (Part Time) (Multiple Positions)
Department Chemical & Environmental Engr (2803)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Institute for Energy Solutions (IES) is seeking an experienced Coordinator for Community Engagement to work with our faculty, students, and the community to strengthen relations that support ongoing projects. IES is housed under Research, Discovery & Innovation whose mission is to serve as a hub for multidisciplinary research, outreach, and education in the field of renewable energy. IES is also supported by the Chemical & Environmental Engineering Department (ChEE), where this position will be based. ChEE and IES support Inclusive Excellence, the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will work under guidance of two advisory committees consisting of Native American and non-Native American scholars, tribal representatives and faculty; and will take a lead role in event planning for the department that relates to continuing education, outreach, and program development. This position will support two distinct on-going projects: (1) Indigenous Food, Energy and Water Security and Sovereignty (IN-FEWSS), and (2) Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR).

(1) IN-FEWSS is an NSF 5-year project with the overall goal to develop a diverse workforce with inter-cultural awareness and expertise in sustainable food, energy, water systems. Graduate students will participate in an interdisciplinary training program and develop renewable energy solutions for controlled-environment agriculture and production of fit-for-purpose water to address the lack of safe water, energy and food security in indigenous communities.

(2) SBAR is a USDA-NIFA 5-year coordinated plan to develop a systems approach for feedstock development, production, and delivery in the Southwest USA to ensure a sustainable regional bioeconomy. This project will optimize production of guayule and guar crops to significantly impact biofuels and other high-value product markets. The approach includes research, K-12 education, extension (including 4-H activities), and outreach.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Design, deliver, and teach culturally relevant community-based educational programs via multiple methods.
  • Create a plan of work that integrates research and community needs.
  • Regularly prepare educational and promotional materials using appropriate technology.
  • Identify, recruit, and develop volunteer leadership necessary to carry out the position’s plan of work.
  • Recruit and work with K-12 teachers to implement training programs.
  • Interface with Dine’ Community College and Navajo Technical University to recruit students and coordinate community-based Food-Energy-Water training programs. (This requires traveling throughout Arizona and parts of New Mexico.)
  • Coordinate cultural immersion experience for graduate students.
  • Build, strengthen and sustain trust-based relationships to promote cooperative and respectful work environments.
  • Collaborate with program-related community coalitions such as 4-H and tribal non-profit/community-based, grass-roots community organizations.
  • Regularly consult with and report to Tribal and Extension Partners at the county and state levels to ensure accountability.
  • Be responsive to evolving position, program, office, and organizational needs; perform adjusted or additional duties as requested or assigned.
  • Work with Principle Investigators and Program Evaluator to submit and present requests for surveys related to Human Subjects to University and tribal IRB.
  • Present findings or provide trainings and outreach at tribal, 4-H, extension related conferences or workshops.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to interface with graduate students, faculty, Native American, Hispanic, and under-served communities.
  • Strong background in computer software applications: Excel, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Drupal.
  • Ability to assist in editing and preparation of materials and reports for different audiences and purposes.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND at least three years of experience coordinating outreach, education and extension activities OR 7 years of experience in a comparable position.
  • Experience in planning and coordinating events and outreach activities.
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
  • Must pass UA fingerprint background check.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of 4-H, K-12 schools, extension and tribal programs in Arizona and surrounding regions.
  • Strong existing networking with tribal communities in Arizona.
  • Experience with curriculum development, lesson plans or activities for outreach and education in 4-H settings and tribal communities.
  • Knowledge of website management (Drupal-based).
  • Experience with database systems (e.g., Microsoft Access).
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 20
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $48,000 Annually (To be Prorated by .50 FTE) (+DOE)
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22377
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 02/26/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Alix Rogstad

Open Date 02/06/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 02/16/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references will be contacted in regard to your suitability for the position.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
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    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND at least three years of experience coordinating outreach, education and extension activities OR 7 years of experience in a comparable position?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents